Insurgent Sepoys. Europe views the Revolt of 1857

Shaswati Mazumdar, ed., Insurgent Sepoys. Europe views the Revolt of 1857, New Delhi: Routledge Books, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-415-59799-9

The collection of essays in this volume ventures into this hitherto unexplored terrain and offers a preliminary insight into how the Revolt was viewed in non-English speaking Europe. The first part of the book looks at the extensive coverage in newspapers and journals in several European languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Czech and Bulgarian), the second part focuses on some of the numerous fictional representations.

Shaswati Mazumdar Introduction
Part I: News and Views
Claudia Reichel German responses: Theodor Fontane, Edgar Bauer, Wilhelm Liebknecht
Nicola Frith French Counter-Narratives: Nationalisme, Patriotisme and Révolution
Chiara Cherubini Freedom and Democracy: the Revolt in the Italian Press
Vibha Maurya and Maneesha Taneja A View of the Revolt in the Spanish Press
Margit Köves Hungarian responses: Between Support and Disagreement
Sarah Lemmen Czech Representations of India and the Rebellion, 1850-1930
Rashmi Joshi Bŭlgarska Dnevnitsa – a Bulgarian response to the Uprising
Part II: Fact and Fiction
Anil Bhatti Retcliffe’s Nena Sahib and the German discourse on India
Carola Hilmes The Rebellion of an Indian Temple Dancer
Flaminia Nicora The stirring story of the “cipays”: Italian narrative responses
Sharmistha Lahiri “Remember Cawnpore”: The ‘Massacre’ in the Voice of Italian narrators
Alessandro Portelli Emilio Salgari’s The Two Tigers: Exoticism, Anti-Imperialism, and Ambivalence
Swati Dasgupta Lost in Translation: Jules Verne and the Indian Rebellion
Suchitra Choudhury ‘A Great Insurrection’: Jules Verne and British ‘Mutiny’ Fiction
Everton V. Machado The Rebellion in a 19th Century Indo-Portuguese novel
Balaji Ranganathan Francisco Luis Gomes’s Os Brahamanes: The Uprising and Anglo Indian Society
Vijaya Venkataraman El dragón del fuego: A Dramatic Representation of the Revolt

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Shaswati Mazumdar: Krise und Denormalisierung der kolonialen Ordnung. Der indische Aufstand 1857 als Medienereignis in Europa. In: German Studies in India. Beiträge aus der Germanistik in Indien. Neue Folge, Bd. 2, Ed. Shaswati Mazumdar, Rekha Kamath Rajan, Thomas Schwarz and Carmen Ulrich, München: Iudicium Verlag, 2010, 19-32.

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